A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show respects the dangers that firefighters face on a daily basis.
Positive Role Models
Despite plenty of bad habits, these very-human characters generally try to do the right thing. They drink too much but realize it's a problem and try to get help. Sometimes they break the law, but they analyze every side of their moral dilemmas and try to find some legitimate justifications for their choices.
Violence & Scariness
The firefighters are frequently in danger on the job and sometimes engage in pretty realistic fights off the job.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of sex, talking about sex, and arguments between sexual partners. Some pretty graphic sexual scenes in many episodes (but not all), including partial nudity. Characters have affairs.
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Extremely foul. Just about every bad word imaginable, and a few creative new ones.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Tommy is a struggling alcoholic, and it's not pretty when he falls off the wagon. Several other characters also drink heavily, and some take drugs. This show doesn't shy away from portraying both the fun times and the ugly lows that come from both. Many characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rescue Me is an unflinching look at the lives of firefighters. These rough-and-tumble men -- and the occasional woman -- put their lives on the line when they go to work, and their language is as rough as the situations they face. When they're not fighting fires, they're usually crass, sometimes violent, often drunk, and always looking for either sex or love, though not always at the same time. In short, they're very human, very flawed, and very real.
Is It Any Good?
Though the firefighting scenes are exciting, the strength of RESCUE ME is that the characters' problems and crises are all very believable; watching Tommy and his pals try to figure out what to do with their lives feels like it could be anyone trying to muddle through life. Viewers might be put off by the language; firefighters can't really be expected to watch their words when battling a blaze, and the station house seems much like a lived-in locker room, but these guys are incredibly foul-mouthed by any standard. There's not a bad word ever coined that they don't use liberally, and they make up plenty more that are creatively explicit.
Still, Rescue Me goes a step beyond the standard hospital or police station ensemble drama because its characters have more going on in their lives than what happens at work. That said, the level of complication and complex shades of gray in those lives make the series iffy for all but the most mature teens.
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